In my desire to get Ferguson Missouri stuff outta my head, I stumbled headfirst into this lovely talking piece and ask for an honest discussion on the matter.
I'm gonna try and lay this out with sources as level-headed as possible.
So, Zoe Quinn is an indie developer who worked on a game called "Depression Quest" on Steam (I haven't played it, but it was released for free when it was found out that Robin Williams' death was a suicide. And with a name like that, thanks but I'm good). She got a bit of attention last year when she claimed to have been hacked by a website called Wizardchan for being a woman in game development and a feminist.
People said that Wizardchan was bad and gave Zoe and her team the pat on the back for sticking to it or whatever and that was pretty much that. No one bothered to look any further.
Then this came out
There's a TL:DR version there, but I'll sum it up too.
The guy is Eron Gjoni, Zoe Quinn's ex-boyfriend. And in this very long post, he basically airs out his grievances with the relationship, detailing Zoe Quinn as she cheated on him with no less than 3 individuals while they were together (and 2 guys when they were on a break. She claimed to have not been with anyone during the break and encouraged him to not be with anyone either. Not technically cheating, but still pretty shitty). He has Facebook logs that fully document the conversation in which he confronts her (along with video of him showing his facebook for verification) and no party has come out and declared his information false, so it's all but assumed that what he has put out there is 100% accurate. She lies about it, trying to dodge and failing every time. It's during all of this that 2 of the names of the other men come out.
One is Nathan Grayson (a writer for kotaku.com, who had previously reported on the game, briefly), whom she spent an entire week with, told Eron that 3 others were there with them and basically dodged him to be with.
The other is Joshua Boggs, her boss. Her married boss, whom she was planning on moving in with before Eron called her on it.
When the information hit the internet, a bunch of people came to the conclusion that this shows (to a small degree) a level of corruption and nepotism in the communication between game developers and game journalists. The allegations that she slept with people to make her way to the top has been thrown out, and she has been given the new (admittedly, kinda funny) nickname: Five Guys Burgers and Fries.
During this time, she claims that her Twitter has been hacked by 4chan's video game section, /v/. Several posts leave out a phone number and an announcement of /v/'s hacking.
Phil Fish jumps to her defense and rants on his own Twitter, This morning, it comes out that Fish's Twitter has also been hacked, alongside his server.
Now for my take on this subject:
Do I think Zoe Quinn banged her way into free publicity? Probably not. But I do think that she's a terrible fucking person. She appears to be extremely manipulative and loves to play the part of the victim. And she also definitely created a conflict of interest between herself and her boss, as well as between her development team and a news site. But the biggest reason I'm intrested in this is: None of these "hacks" look real.
I'm not an expert in the realm of hacking, but I was part of the whole anti-Scientology hacking and protest back in 2008. And I had front row seats when /b/ crucified Jesse Slaughter. There's a certain mindset and a certain level of vindictiveness to these attacks. When assholes of the internet wanna ruin your world, your world is ruined. It's not a couple "lol hacked" posts on Twitter. Your e-mail and bank accounts are compromised. Your entire contact list is forfeit. EVERY skeleton you have in the closet is out on display. Your phone is ringing nonstop. Pizzas and extremely large shipments of boxes are sent to your house. If you have a fax, it gets black screened. If you have servers, they're server-bombed.
During the initial Wizardchan hacking, no pertinent information was leaked and Wizardchan itself was just as surprised that it occured. Most replies in a thread on the site are honestly just confused as to who the hell Zoe Quinn IS. The entire theme with Wizardchan is that they're adult male virgins ("if you're a virgin by the time you're 30, you become a wizard"). Most claim that they have panic attacks just talking to women and wouldn't dare think of out-and-out antagonizing one.
When the Twitter "attack" occured, it was basically a post saying "Things I love: 1.) cum" and another with a phone number (originally believed to have been Zoe's, but now known to lead to a business in Hawaii (Zoe is from the Boston area)).
Phil Fish's "attack" straight-up says that it was the head moderator of "/V/" and that Anonymous is on his side or some such nonsense. First off, there's a reason why "anonymous" is such a great moniker: Because no one is directly linked to it. No hacker's gonna straight up say where you can find him like that (unless he's the fucking Riddler or something), ESPECIALLY when they've misspelled the damn place (You NEVER capitalize. Everyone knows this. "/v/", not "/V/". It's how you tell who's a newbie.) Once again, nothing of value deleted or let out of its cage. Just what is basically a "lol hacked" page.
The entire thing reeks of victim-baiting, and that appears to be the only version of the story that is being reported.
I mean, I don't think she's the gamer equivalent of Basic Instinct, but from my perspective, she appears her hardest to be hiding whatever she can, scapegoating on others and using the shield of "feminism vs. misogyny" to cover her actions.
Edited by Green Goblin, 22 August 2014 - 07:17 PM.